aditus on Dutch TV: “More humanity is needed with refugees…”

aditus Director Neil Falzon contributed to the short documentary, released on 28 December 2014, Miljonairsechtpaar redt bootvluchtelingen (“Millionaire couple rescues boat people”), from reporter Renee van Hest of Dutch news channel Nieuwsuur. The video doc profiles the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) founded by Regina and Christopher Catrambone and its efforts to compensate for the insufficiencies in search-and-rescue operations that are the result of European indifference to the plight of asylum seekers in the Mediterranean Sea. Neil appears first at … read more

“Did we have to wait for someone to die to re-think detention?”, our Director on One News

This morning our Director, Neil Falzon, was on One News together with UNHCR Malta, to discuss the recent death of a migrant whilst in detention.  The discussion gave us the opportunity to highlight some of our major human rights concerns with the way Malta automatically detains migrants found to be in an irregular situation. “We’ve been expressing these concerns for years now, but it had to be someone’s death to shake the country out of this horrible impasse”, commented Neil.  … read more

aditus on national radio talking about human rights

This morning our Director, Neil Falzon, participated in the live programme Familja Waħda (‘One Family’) on Radju Malta (93.7) to discuss human rights.  “I’m happy that the phone-ins were actually very interesting, not the usual migrant-bashing,”  says Neil, after spending around 30 minutes discussing human rights with Ms. Lilian Maistre, the programme’s presenter. The discussion, the second in an informal series of interventions, started off by looking at the universality of human rights, then focusing on how this universality is applied in the … read more

aditus meets Dr. Robert Visser, Executive Director of the European Asylum Support Office

A few days ago we sent a list of general update queries to EASO, asking about the status of the premises, recruitment procedures and the Consultative Forum.  In response, I was invited to a meeting with Dr. Visser, Executive Director, and his advisor Ms. Lonneke Kapoen. I just returned from a good introductory meeting, held in EASO’s current premises just seconds away from one of Malta’s open centres – Marsa Open Centre.  Mr. Visser explained that work on the official … read more